There’s a widely held theory that Donald J. Trump is on a mission to show the world that he can do everything better than each of the 44 American presidents who have come before him.
This evidently includes outdoing George W. Bush in the category of hating black people. (That charge, you’ll recall, was levelled at Dubya by Kanye West after the lack of a quick response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.)
The latest proof that Trump subscribes to the theory that white is right comes with the surprise that the 45th POTUS actually knows who Jay-Z is.
Yesterday, the New York City rapper appeared on CNN to argue that the bile that frequently spews from Trump’s mouth is not only often untrue, but is also doing anything but making America great again.
“It’s disappointing and hurtful. It really is hurtful, more so,” Jay-Z told CNN’s Van Jones. “Everyone feels anger, after the anger, it’s really hurtful because you’re looking down on a whole population of people."
That population, needless to says, isn't white.
Describing Trump as a “superbug”, the 48-year-old MC went on to suggest that the president doesn’t treat blacks as human beings.
This morning Trump took to his favourite medium, Twitter, to defend himself.
For those requiring a quick refresher in Trump-style race relations, remember that last summer, the president, bizarrely, refused to condemn a white-supremacist march in Charlottesville, North Carolina. When violence erupted between marchers and protestors, Trump responded with “I think there’s blame on both sides," going on to declare: “Not all of those people were white supremacist."
Earlier this month, during a White House immigration meeting, Trump asked why America has to continually accept people from “shithole countries”, which basically meant all of Africa with some Latin-American countries thrown in.
What stands out with Trump wasting no time at taking a shot at Jay-Z is the colour of the rapper’s skin. The president hasn't seemed bothered when white musicians have criticized him in the past.
Hip-hop fans might recall Eminem—who is white—unleashing a no-holds-barred attack on Trump last October. In a freestyle rap first aired during the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Marshall Mathers took aim at the president with “Any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his/I’m drawing in the sand a line/You’re either for or against/And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split/on who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this.”
In case the point was missed, he punctuated things with “The rest of America stand up/We love our military and we love our country/But we fucking hate Trump!!!”
Three months later, we’re still waiting for Trump to respond to one of his fellow white U.S. citizens.
After receiving criticism from a black American, however, Trump's first order of business during this morning was hopping on the shitter and then returning fire at Jay-Z on Twitter.
It’s entirely possible of course that Trump paid more attention to Jay-Z’s criticisms because he’s a fan of the rapper’s work, rather than because he can't stand taking shit from a black guy.
Trump is, after all, is facing an avalanche of criticism on a daily basis. There’s the Robert Mueller investigation. There are the allegations that he gave Stormy Daniels a spirited rogering while married to Melania Trump. There’s the “shithole” fallout and the White House expose Fire and Fury.
Given all that, who could forgive the president for sitting in the Oval Office, cranking Jay-Z’s classic “99 Problems”, and singing loud enough to turn his famously orange face a blood-vessel-bursting crimson red. At this point, "99 Problems" isn't a song, it's a summation of Donald Trump's life.